CAIRO: The Egyptian Veterinary Medicine Forensic (EVMF) has confirmed Sunday that dozens of stray cats found dead in al-Ahly sporting club were poisoned, Youm7 reported.
“A substance that was placed in the cats’ food is deadly poison, after analyzing the substance of the dishes,” EVMF report said.
However, the report noted that the Veterinary Medicine physicians could not carry out an autopsy on the cats because their bodies had begun to decompose.
In November, photos of dozens of poisoned stray cats at Al Ahly headquarter at Cairo’s upscale district of Zamalek went viral on social media causing a backlash by activists and human rights groups.
Al-Ahly club management has contracted with a company, named First Class, to get rid of the cats and claimed that it has no information about the poisonings; “our contract with the company says it should anesthetize the stray cats and places them in cages before they are taken to animal shelters,” Director General of Al Ahly club Sheren Shams was quoted by Youm7. The company director was summoned to be investigated over the club claims.
Stray dogs and cats have been ubiquitous on Egypt’s streets for years, and although they are not typically mistreated, recent cases have been reported raising backlash from Egyptians against cruelty in dealing with animals.
Thousands of animals are poisoned across Egypt every year using a deadly pesticide called strychnine, the former Deputy Head of the Veterinarian Services Authority Hassan Shafiq told The Cairo Post Thursday.